Outreach Sewing Project

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Pillowcase Dresses for Haiti Children

A friend from my church that knows that I can sew asked me if I would be able to make some pillowcase dresses for Haiti Children. She said that her sorority is sponsoring a outreach project.

My friend sent me a copy of the pattern of a pillowcase dress and a shirt.  The dress pattern looked like a very easy pattern. But the shirt pattern seemed very confusing.  I asked her if I can just make the pillowcase dresses. She was happy that I wanted to help. She gave me about 30 pillowcases in various sizes.

According to the pattern the dress can be made in Small, Medium and Large sizes. So, I make various sizes. With some of the King size pillowcases, I cut them in half and was able to make two small dresses. I sewed elastic in the front and back and I used bias tape to make the ties.

I was like a dress making factory. I was sewing these dresses like it was on an assembly line. I would make 6 at a time. I would start by cutting the arm holes out, then I would sew the elastic casing in, then I’d sew in the elastic, finally I would sew on the ties using bias tape.

This was a quick and easy dress. I was able to make 30 dresses.

I looked online to see if there were other outreach sewing project. I’m not a sewing teacher but I think it would be great to go to other countries to help teach women or children how to sew.

Have you ever done an outreach project?

 

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50th Birthday/Retirement Costume Party Scrapbook

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I finally finished my 50th Birthday/Retirement Costume Party scrapbook. This has been a great journey doing this book. Five years in the making.  I find, when you creating your scrapbook, its like your reliving the adventure or activity all over again.

This party was a blast. I wanted to do this celebration as a costume party because my Birthday is the day before Halloween. When I was younger, we would always celebrate my Birthday with a costume party. So much so, that I thought I was born on Halloween. So, I’ve always loved dressing up for Halloween.

For the party I decided to have three costume changes throughout the evening. I didn’t tell anyone as to get a reaction out of my guest. And everyone was surprised each time I appeared in a different costume. I got the idea from going to a Beyoncé concert. She would change her costumes between songs. This was my Beyoncé moment.

The first costume was Queen of Hearts. This was a fun costume. I was saying “Off with their Heads”.  I had the party at The Holiday Inn in the banquet room. I reserved a room near the banquet room so I could quickly leave a reappear in a different costume. My daughter Veronica helped me get into each costume and she did my hair and makeup. Man, that was crazy, but a lot of fun.

My second costume was Medusa. When I appeared in this costume, you should have seen everyone’s face. They were in total shock. I Loved it…

My third costume was a Mummy Bride. Again, my guest we’re totally shocked. They asked me “What is your next costume going to be?” I told them “this was it, the next thing I’m putting on is my pajama’s.” This was a fun night, but it was a lot of work.

I’m glad that I was able to create a scrapbook to remember this joyous time of my life.

What have you done lately to bring you joy?

February 2019 projects

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February 24, 2019

It’s almost the end of February and I’m just now feeling like I can really get my next crafting projects started. I say craft projects because I don’t just make quilts. In my earlier post I talked about getting my scrapbooking projects completed. But I’m a crafty girl and I like to do many different crafts.

Once a month I volunteer at my church to help kids with crafts. It’s fun and challenging at the same time. Because I must come up with the craft projects and sometimes it can take hours. Next week, I’m working with 5th and 6th graders. Some of the kids can work independently but other need more guidance in completing the project. The other challenge is that I only have about 30 minutes for the craft project, so it must be quick and easy (but not too easy, we all need a little challenge in life). We will be making a paper mache keepsake box and a 2019 calendar wall hanger.

Also, next week I am going to scrapbook at my friend Lisa’s house. I need to finish my 50th Birthday/Retirement party book. This will be a digital scrapbook. I like digital scrapbooks because these days everything is digital and most of our photos are on our cell phone. Although, I sometimes do still use a digital camera, but only when I know I will be taking a lot of photos and I want to reserve my cell phone battery. By making digital scrapbooks I don’t have to cut paper or tape anything. Also, when I go to a scrapbooking workshop, I just have to take my laptop. But I do still like making traditional scrapbooks. But I decided a while ago, not to buy anymore scrapbooking supplies just like in quilting, you accumulate a lot of supplies. I have boxes and crates of scrapbooking supplies that I’m sure I will probably never use.  I have many WIP (work in progress) or UFO (unfinished projects). These are quilting terms which can be life terms. But I could never understand why UFO is unfinished projects.  I’ll have to ask a quilting friend to explain that one.

I did start and finish two projects this month.

First, my quilted wall hanging for February was for Valentines Day. And to be honest I finished it that morning. It was a simple HST (half square triangle) pattern.  The pattern is Hart Block Pattern from Connie Kresin. It’s a fast and simple pattern. Once you make the block you can set it anyway or as large as you like. I made this wall hanging with sashing and a square in the middle. I quilted it with diagonal stitches using my walking foot.

In my quilting class I learned how to make a heart with foundation paper piecing. I had one mishap, but I fixed it. I think it came out nice, but you really have to concentrate when foundation paper piecing. This heart will be added to my UFO’s for next year. LOL

The second project I completed was a tote bag. I attend a weekly quilt class for Adult Education, and for Christmas we had a fabric exchange and challenge. We had to bring two half yards fabric in a paper bag. We had a drawing and with the fabric you received you had to make either an apron, wall hanging, table runner or tote bag. I received fabric with elephants and my daughter likes elephants, so I decided to make this tote bag. I didn’t use a pattern as you can probably tell. I thought, I don’t need a pattern for a tote bag. Well, I learned a few things along the way. But I think my daughter will still love it. Her mama made it.

What project did you complete for the month of February?

January 2019 Recap

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Well, January has ended, and February has begun. I wasn’t able to keep up with my weekly blog post. Life got so busy as it always does. For the month of January, I worked 8 days, attended both Quilt guild meetings, attended 5 sewing classes, went on a 4-day cruise to Mexico, attended Road to California for 3 days plus other life events.

Between all that I was preparing for a Quilt show that one of the guilds I belong to hosted. I pretty much have all my nine quilt entries quilted. I just needed to applique the centers of my flower quilt, complete some hand beading on my patriotic wall hanging, attach some bindings, quilt labels and quilt sleeves. That’s all…

The show was a lot of work and I think it was a big success. We had several quilt challenges. First was the portrait quilt. We had a featured artist Ramsess from Los Angeles. He was the person that taught our guild members the technique of portrait quilting. The next quilt challenge was a Holiday quilt (any size).  I made two wall hangings and a table runner. And the final quilt challenge was a quilt for a First Responder. My First Responder quilt was made for my long-time friend and Fire Fighter, Anthony Crowell. He retired in May 2018. I made him a Raider quilt.  I made Anthony a Raider quilt because I wanted to give him something he would love. And I know he loves his Raiders.

I attended Road to California in Ontario, CA. I didn’t realize how far Ontario was from Los Angeles, but its far. The quilt show was big. I was there for three days. The first day, Friday, I got there around noon. I decided I was going to just look at the quilts on Friday then the vendor Saturday and Sunday.  I was surprise on the number of quilts at the show. There wasn’t as many quilts at the show as I thought there would be. The workmanship was amazing on most of the quilts. I figure these quilters probably work on these entries for the entire year. The detail in some of the quilts was so incredible.  I can only shake my head. My favorite was the tribute to Prince. It was a Purple Rain of Prince proportions. But there was a lot of vendors. These vendors came from all over the United States and beyond.  Almost, every quilt supplier had a booth at this event. They were selling everything from all brands of sewing machines, longarm, embroidery machines. All the quilting accessories from fabric, panels, thread, scissors, pattern, rulers, trims, wool, books and any kind of quilting gadget you can think of, it was there.

I think I was good for the most point. I bought a set of Kai serrated scissors. Everyone was telling me that there the best. One of the things that I want to do is upgrade my tools. I bought three templates from Missouri Star Quilt Company’s booth. I bought Ideal Sean Guide from Sew Very Smooth. I bought some chenille bias tape from Chenille-It. I bought a couple of hangers for small quilts from Simply Put.  I was trying not to buy fabric, but I did buy a few panels. I hope that doesn’t count as fabric because it was hard to go by all these vendors and not buy something.

 

I also took a class at the quilt show, Explore the World of English Paper Piecing: Curves by Michele Crawford, Flower Box Quilts.  One of the things that I’m trying to do in my quilting journey is to learn new things. I don’t want to become a one trick pony. And I like the idea of being able to work on projects that don’t require me to always bring out my sewing machine. The class description said it was for beginner to advance, so I took it.  Although I did learn the concept of English Paper Piecing, I was saddened that the instructor was not that knowledgeable on doing curves. She was referring to an instructional book and she admitted that the sample for the class was her first time doing curves and she could not do the clamshell which was the third project. Needless to say, it was too bad, to spend the money for a class and the instructor failed to know the technique.  But my neighbor helped me get the hang of it. You will see my handy work soon.

Trying to stick with it.

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January 13, 2019

I have to first start this week with a few corrections from my last post. I realized later that my number lock was not cooperating so some of my information was not posted.  First, in February I will be celebrating my 25th Wedding Anniversary and I Retired 5 years ago. Now I can continue…

This year I’m going to try to make one quilt projects a month. So, my goal is 12 quilts project for the year.  I also want to make wall quilts. I have a friend that displays wall quilts throughout her house and I Love it. And wall quilts are small, so they don’t take long to make.  I currently have 2 wall quilts, so I’m going to try to make 10 more. Also, table runners shouldn’t take long to make.

I’m not going to make large quilts for a couple reasons. I made Queen size quilts for my mother, father, two sisters, brother and my two daughters. But no one is actually using them. They told me that there too nice. (Do you get that from people you make quilts for?), (Question from my quilting friends.). But I told them I made them to be used. So, now I’m mainly going to make throw or lap size quilts.

As far as my other sewing projects, I’m going to do a few craft shows and maybe sell some items on Etsy.

I’m also, going to try to finish some scrapbooking projects. I have a friend that is still hosting Creative Memory monthly scrapbooking workshop. I recently got her 2019 dates and I put them in my calendar.  My first scrapbooking project that I would like to complete is my Retirement party book (5 years ago). I’m doing this book in a digital format. I pretty much have it almost complete I just need to finish the journaling and maybe some more embellishments.

On January 25, 26 and 27th, I will be attending Road to California Quilter Conference in Ontario California. I hope its not too late but I’m going to try to sign-up for a couple workshops. I will post pictures from the show. I would love to enter my quilts in a large quilt show like this. That’s another goal.

I will be posting pictures from time to time of my projects.  But for now, I have to get my final projects completed for my quilt show on February 2, 2019.

New Year, New Goals

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January 6, 2019

Another year for new beginnings. 2019 started pretty quiet in my house. All my 5 kids have moved out. So, its official, me and Chuck are empty nesters. Chuck is my husband and in February we will be celebrating years of marriage.

More about me:  I retired years ago. When I retired my initial thought was to get all my scrapbooking projects completed. I’ve been developing photos and buying scrapbooking material for about 25 years. I turned one of the rooms in my house into a room devoted to scrapbooking.

But during my first year of retirement I was volunteering for different organizations when I seen an advertisement to make baby quilts for Valley Children’s Hospital. I never made a quilt before, but I do know how to sew. I learned to sew in my youth. I took tailoring classes in my teens, but I left home for college and never continued. When I think about it, I don’t know why I stopped sewing because “Sewing was my first Love”.

Anyway, I always thought that one day I wanted to make quilts because my grandmother made quilts for the family and since her passing, I don’t think anyone else will continue. So, I volunteered to make baby quilts and I was hooked. Since then, I joined sewing groups, I joined two quilting guilds, I took sewing and quilting classes, I’ve been on sewing retreats and I went on a quilting bus trip to Oregon for the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show. I’ve entered quilts at the Fresno Fair and I’ve displayed my quilts in several local quilt shows. And I officially have a fabric stash.

My scrapbooking room has turned into a quilting, sewing room. But I don’t just make quilts. I like making other sewing projects. I make aprons, cosmetic bags, table runners, key fobs, mug rugs, wall hangings and more. I’ve sold some of these items at craft fairs.

Currently, I’m going to be displaying 9 quilt projects on February 2, 2019 at Praise Church of God in Christ, for Heritage Quilters biannual Quilt Show. All my projects are complete but one, it’s a twin-size quilt for my granddaughter. Yes, I have one grandchild, she is 12 years old. It’s a quilt with four large flowers. I had it professionally quilted but the center of the flowers needs to be appliqued on and the binding needs to be done. Then I’ll be finished.

My craft goals for 2019 is to #quiltmystash.  If at all possible, I’m not going to purchase anymore fabric. All my quilt projects will come from my stash. (Fabric that I already have on hand) I have so much fabric that I think its absolutely ridiculous.

So, with that being said, I’m going to try to blog about my 2019 crafty journey. I’ve been wanting to do this blog for some time, but I keep procrastinating and not just doing it. But New Year, New Goals.  Next week going to list a number of crafty goals for 2019.  Hopefully, blogging about it will help me stay on task. And you can come along for the ride.

What are your crafty goals for 2019?

Travel Blanket

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I’m so excited to be going on my first big road trip. I’m traveling from California to New Orleans. I’ve never been to New Orleans. I made my friend this travel blanket for our trip. In July I went to Sisters Oregon and bought this road trip panel. I mage different quilt blocks to go in between to create this blanket that is the perfect size for traveling. I’m going to bring a fabric marker so we can journal on the blanket our adventures. I sewed a elastic band so it can be rolled up. I know my friend will love it.